Best bets: Week of September 29 to October 5 | Life
The community is invited to a 1 p.m. Saturday pumpkin hunt in Willowhaven Park, 1451 N. 4000East Road, Kankakee. Participants will enjoy a hunt around the park to choose a special pumpkin to take home.
Don’t forget a camera because it will be a perfect frame for fall photos. All family members present must register.
The cost is $ 20 per family, and strollers and carts are permitted.
>> Register: bit.ly/pumpkinhunt21.
80th anniversary of Centraide
At 5 p.m. Thursday, United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties celebrates the organization’s 80th anniversary.
The event at the Kankakee County Museum – 801 S. 8th Ave., Kankakee – will cost $ 50 per guest.
“We invite you to join us on a walk through our history, recognizing our collective post-pandemic reconstruction season and celebrating all that is yet to come,” the organization said in a press release.
The evening will begin with a social hour in the Pillar Gardens of the Kankakee County Museum. There will be music from a live jazz trio and a variety of deli style appetizers provided by Crème of the Crop. Drinks will be provided in an open-bar format.
A time of recognition will begin at 5:30 p.m., in honor of the members of the board of directors, donors and volunteers of the organization. After the presentation, “A Walk Through The Decades” tours will begin. Guests will experience an interactive tour, with each piece of the route centered around a decade of Centraide history.
>> Tickets: bit.ly/unitedway80.
“The man of music”
The Kankakee Valley Theater Association will present its first production of the 2021-2022 season, “The Music Man”.
The cast of 47 will bring Meredith Wilson’s six-time Tony Award-winning family music production to life. Performances are scheduled for October 2 at 7 p.m. and October 3 at 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center, 240 Warren Ave., Kankakee.
Tickets are available at the door, choose your seat online. The musical follows traveling salesman Harold Hill, played by Matt McBurnie of Bourbonnais, as he entices residents of River City, Iowa, to purchase instruments and uniforms for a group of boys he promises to organize – despite the fact that he does not know a trombone from a treble clef.
“KVTA knows the show has to go on and can’t wait to entertain you with the first production of its fabulous 2021-2022 season!” the organization said in a press release.
>> Tickets: KVTA.org, 815-935-8510
From 8 am to 11 am on Saturday, October 2, the Bradley American Legion will be hosting a Family Breakfast at 835 W. Broadway St., Bradley. The cost for ages 11 and over is $ 6; 3 to 10 equals $ 4; 2 years and under will be admitted free.
Breakfast includes cookies and gravy, pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and a drink. All proceeds go to local veterans programs. Additional breakfasts will take place on November 6 and December 4.
>> Dawn Herndon, 815-909-0474
B3: Bourbon, Bacon and Beer Festival
From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays at Hoppy Pig, 135 N. Kinzie Ave., Bradley, Barrel Hall hosts an indoor / outdoor festival featuring live music, vendors, tastings and bacon.
The cost of admission ranges from $ 70 to $ 100. Tickets will be limited in order to provide sufficient space and time for attendees to speak to representatives.
General admission and VIP ticket options will be available. Bourbon Club members and VIPs will have access to the back room of the Barrel Room for seating and private tastings.
Participants will have the chance to taste a handful of free products; however, all other samples are billed with tickets. All drink tickets will be sold at $ 1 each. Spirits will be tasted in 1/4 ounce tastings and beers will be tasted in 4 ounces tastings.
>> Tickets and information: bit.ly/b3festival21